True or false? Music makes you smarter.
Contrary to popular belief, a study — led by a Harvard graduate student who plays the saxophone, flute, bassoon, oboe, and clarinet — found no cognitive benefits to music lessons.
The finding, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, is bound to make arts advocates cringe, as it challenges an argument that is often used to bolster the case for music education: it will make kids better at math.
The work is part of a trend in the field of psychology in which researchers are beginning to wrestle with studies whose results can’t be reproduced. Last month, an international group of laboratories published the results of an attempt to replicate the findings of 13 experiments. Only 10 of the findings solidly held up. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.